Shivani’s Long March!

Shivani’s Long March!

Once again Shivani Majithia is fundraising for us. This year she has set herself a challenge to walk a gruelling 90 miles and raise money for Headway North West London.  In the past, Shivani has completed a 50KM Walkathon and a London-Cambridge bike ride.

Shivani has previously exceeded her sponsorship targets and raised even more money than expected.  These funds help secure the continuation of our services and to improve the levels of support we are able to offer brain injury survivors and their families living in our area.

Shivani is planning to set off on Friday the 28th of February and walk day and night to complete this challenge.  You can follow Shivani’s progress and sponsor her on:



Action for Brain Injury Week 2018

Thanks to NatWest Uxbridge branch for raising over £200 pounds for HNWL between the 17th and 21st May. Special thanks go to Suraj, the bank’s apprentice, who helped organise a raffle, a sponsored casual Friday dress code and collected donations from both staff and customers.

HNWL was represented at the event by Pat, Tony, Bharat and Ermes.  Thanks to everyone for their generosity.

Race Night

A huge thank you to Tracey Freeman and her mother, Pat from everyone at HNWL for the Race Night Fundraiser held at Stanmore Golf Club on the 17th April.

When Pat’s husband and Tracey’s dad, Arthur, passed away it was the family’s wish that a donation be made to HNWL and that this should be spent on a treat for all its members. The Race Night raised £1850 for HNWL as well as being great fun for the 140 racegoers who attended.  A big thank you goes out to all the people who volunteered to help make the evening happen, especially Ian who worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event.

Thank you to everyone involved for their kindness and generosity.

Wine Tasting

Acidity.  Big.  Tannins.  Fruity.  Oaked.  Refined.

All words used by the sophisticated connoisseurs(?) at the Wine Tasting Evening on the 6th April. Words that helped them identify, or in many cases, not, the mystery wines provided by our host, George. Great fun was had by all and the evening raised about £900 for HNWL.

Many thanks to Sue for organising the event and to George for hosting the ‘Call My Bluff’ format.  Thanks must also go to Sue and Siobhan for keeping the audience hydrated, wine-wise.  Thanks, as ever, to everyone who attended for their generosity.

Fundraising Concert

Event details: Piano recital – flyer

We hope you can join us on 30th September for a piano recital fundraiser. All proceeds go towards supporting Headway North West London, helping us provide better services to support adults living with acquired brain injuries.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased online (link below), in person (e.g.: at our AGM tonight) or on the night if you are a last-minute attendee.

Tickets can be bought at:
Piano recital poster
More about the performer:

Stefan Warzycki was born in Tokyo but grew up in the United States. Since graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he made his concerto debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, he has lived in London, where he also teaches piano. He has given recitals and concerto performances in prestigious London venues such as Wigmore Hall, at the Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, and on tour in Europe, America, Japan and SE Asia.

A few years ago Stefan’s right hand fell victim to focal dystonia, a debilitating neurological condition which severely impairs control of the fingers, but his left hand is unaffected and – like eminent predecessors such as Paul Wittgenstein and Leon Fleisher – he has re-invented himself as a left-handed pianist, applying his same masterly musicianship to the select and technically challenging left-handed repertoire.

The Royal Albert Hall, Friendship Matinee 2016 – “The Best of Broadway”


This October HNWL staff, volunteers and members attended the Royal Albert Hall’s annual Friendship Matinee, “The Best of Broadway”, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Hits included “All That Jazz” from Chicago, “Electricity” from Billy Elliot, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing, as well as music from Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, and finally ended with a Mama Mia medley!

Camden Arts Centre

This month we took the LINK out of Harrow and into the creative world of the art gallery. Camden Arts Centre is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today’s artists, and the artists who inspire them. The education team provided us with a tour of the exhibitions which evoked interesting questions and opinions from the group. After some free time to wonder and explore we enjoyed lunch out in the Centre’s stunning garden (a rare sunny day in April!) The day was enjoyed by service users, volunteers and staff alike and we would like to thank the team at Camden Arts Centre for welcoming us so warmly and providing us with a fantastic visit.